Part cock fight, part roller derby, and all serious embracing of absurdity, Table Fights are my new favorite spectator sport.
On May 16 (during NY Design Week), I joined a crowd of other curious spectators in a gravel yard under a blue tarpaulin out back of Magnan Projects in Chelsea to witness what seemed so absurd I couldn't resist coming to check it out.
Evidently, there are some in our community who enjoy automating old tables and fitting them with remote-controlled elements designed to decimate other tables. I believe it all started at RISD last year.
At this recent match, a dozen or so tables and their operators convened to punch, push, whirl, and roll their opponents into the dustbin of history. It wasn't quite as dramatic as I'd hoped -- the two matches I stayed for were funny but not exactly action-packed (as they sometimes are, if these videos are any indication). But I would definitely go again!
This table operator showing us what one wears to a table fight. (Her table won -- see next picture.)
If you want to see more, again there are some, ahem, killer videos here. Enjoy!
Posted and images by Amy Shaw for Greenjeans.